If you’ve ever flinched from a jolt of pain while enjoying a scoop of Kapiti ice cream or a sip of hot Flat White, you’ve felt tooth sensitivity.
It’s a common issue among Kiwis, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Northcote Dental is here to shed light on why tooth sensitivity happens and what you can do to ease it.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
At its core, tooth sensitivity is usually the result of enamel wear or receding gums, which expose the underlying dentin. This dentin has tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s nerve, and when exposed to extremes in temperature or acidity, they can carry the sensation straight to the nerve, causing a sharp twinge.
Managing Tooth Sensitivity
- Gentle Brushing: Hard brushing can wear down enamel, so use a soft-bristled toothbrush and take it easy.
- Desensitizing Toothpaste: These special toothpastes can block the discomfort from reaching the tooth’s nerve. Give it a go – it might just do the trick.
- Watch Your Diet: Acidic foods and beverages can exacerbate sensitivity. Limit or avoid things like citrus fruits, fizzy drinks, and wine.
- Teeth Grinding: If you’re a grinder, talk to us about a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
- Fluoride Treatments: We can apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen enamel and reduce pain.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
The best way to prevent sensitivity is to keep up with your oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine check-ups, can keep your gums and enamel in top nick.